Under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) Order 1995 (as amended) or Planning (General Development) Order (Northern Ireland) 1993 (as amended), you have a general permission to install an aerial up to a specific size on property without the need for planning permission. This general permission depends on your house type and area. The general permission doesn't necessarily apply in designated areas, which are:
Your local planning authority can give you more advice.
When installing a dish or other aerial, you must position it in such a way so that its effect on the outside appearance of the building is reduced as far as possible. You must also remove it when you no longer need it.
You are responsible for:
When deciding on an aerial and where to position it, you should take into account its effect on neighbours, the public, and the environment. The retailer or installer may be able to give you advice on these matters.
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If there is any doubt, you should contact your local planning department.
For dish aerials, you should be aware of the importance of colour. For example, a white dish may blend against a white background but may be more obvious against darker backgrounds, such as brick, or stone.
The materials or the design can also affect how suitable a particular aerial is. For example, a mesh or transparent dish may be less obvious than a solid one.
Where you position the aerial on the property is perhaps the most important thing to bear in mind when considering installing one. Although it is important to make sure your aerial provides adequate reception, it is also important to consider the visual effect of your aerial.
If your planning department thinks your aerial is in a poor position and could reasonably be moved to make it less noticeable, they may ask you to move it (at your own expense). You would not have to apply for planning permission.
If you refuse this request, your planning department may:
You are entitled to appeal if planning department refuses your application for planning permission, or sends you an enforcement notice. Reasons for an appeal could include that you think the chosen position of the aerial is appropriate, or that the measures you would need to take to move it are excessive, perhaps causing you unreasonable costs.
It is an offence not to follow an enforcement notice. You could have to pay a fine unless you have successfully appealed against it.
Suppliers and installers should be familiar with the planning and environmental aspects of installation.
We strongly advise you to get your aerial equipment from a reputable supplier, such as members of the, other established companies or, where appropriate, from the broadcaster.
We also advise you to use installers who are members of theor other professionally qualified installers who follow an appropriate code of practice which follows Planning Inspectorate and the Department for Communities and Local Government's guidelines and the Planning Service for Northern Ireland's guidelines.
Reputable installers should have agreed standards for their work, in some cases, guaranteed by their company; they should also be covered by public liability and employer's liability insurance.
You should get quotes for alternative siting options and costs (such as installing at the back) before installing the aerial.